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designing your dream home or remodel st. cloudThe Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) understands that designing your dream home or remodel can be a daunting process. That's why when you design with us, you become part of the team. The Design Team's process is what sets us apart from the rest. We not only meet with you to get an extensive idea of your lifestyle, tastes and needs to draft your home plans, but also work with contractors and lumber yards to assist your negotiations through the entire process. With the Design Team, our designers are right on staff to offer you custom-tailored home plans to suit your dreams and budget. Our unique home visualizer tool helps you envision your plans in action. Call (320)-252-1517 today and set up your free consultation. We look forward to welcoming you to the Team!

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Fall Home Tours - Start in September!

Fall home tours for 2015 are being prepared in Minnesota, offering a sampling from the best Central Minnesota builders. If you are interested in learning more about home plans in MN from various builders in the area, start marking these dates in your calendar.

The Central Minnesota Builders Association (CMBA) is hosting their fall home tour on September 18-20 and September 25-27. Several builders will be participating in the tour with home listings for St. Cloud house plans as well as others in Sartell, Sauk Rapids, Rice, St. Augusta, Foley, and Becker.

The Mid-Minnesota Builders Association (MMBA) will be hosting their Lakes Area Home Tour in Brainerd, MN from September 11-13. The MMBA will be organizing homes from several different builders for the fall Lakes Area Home Tour.

VBA Tour
The Vikingland Builders Association (VBA) is another organization that will be hosting a fall home tour. The tour will take place from August 29-30 in Alexandria, MN.

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Still Time to Build This Year

HouseDrawings_TheDesignTeamBelieve it or not, there is still time to build your St. Cloud custom home this year! Even if you got off to a late start, you can still get started and make great progress on your St. Cloud, MN home planning and design. The Design Team can help you start building before the year is out.

Organize and Plan Ahead
Organization is key if you still want to start building or working on your St. Cloud additions and renovations this year. Know what you still need to get done and plan ahead for your fall or winter build. There will be many tasks to take care of if you still want to build this year but your dream home can be possible with some organization.

With The Design Team by your side, you can start building your home this year.

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Building in North Dakota? What You Need to Know

Are you part of the North Dakota oil boom? Have you and/or your family recently transferred or are planning to transfer to North Dakota? The Williston area is experiencing rapid growth and homeowners are in need of home plans that meet their needs and are as unique as their family. If you fall in this category, The Design Team can create a custom home plan you’ll love to call home.

The Design Team doesn’t just work in Minnesota. Although we are “Minnesota Nice” we’ve collaborated with contractors and homeowners throughout the United States. The Design Team partners with Simonson Lumber (Williston, ND) to bring you the best in materials, service and building education available to the North Dakota market.

If you are part of the oil boom in the North Dakota area, and are looking to build a home, condo, or townhouse give The Design Team a call (320) 252-1517. We are working with contractors and homeowners and families in the Williston, ND and surrounding areas on creating long lasting homes that look beautiful and fit the needs of the homeowners they are designed for.

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Work with The Design Team St Cloud - We’re Hiring!


The Design Team (St Cloud, MN) is hiring a full-time position for our Saint Cloud office. We are looking to hire an Architectural/Residential Design and Drafting person in St. Cloud, MN. Do you have a full understanding of residential construction and architectural design? Do you love creating home plans that stand the test of time, are unique, and individually created to meet the needs of homeowners? Then we want to hear from you!

Founded in 1997 The Design Team creates custom residential designs and construction documents for new and remodeled homes. Looking for candidates with a minimum two to three years of experience in: residential design, client meetings, Revit and AutoCad software, Sketchup & color rendering is a plus. Benefits include health, dental and life insurance along with 401k. Some travel is required. Please submit resumes to 2455 12th Street SE, St. Cloud, MN 56304 or to

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House Style of the Month - Contemporary

This month we are talking about "Contemporary” style of homes. The contemporary style is today's version of the great American architect Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie Style.

Characteristics of the Contemporary style home include:

  1. Lots of glass
  2. Clean lines
  3. Gable, shed and some hip roofs
  4. Occasionally a clerestory roof was used
  5. Integrate the indoors and outdoors together
  6. Any type of windows (not double-hung windows)
  7. Flush garage doors
  8. Open plan
  9. Architects and designers try to be original
  10. Natural materials
  11. Wing walls
  12. Simplicity
  13. Sky lights
  14. First to have decks

The Contemporary home style will change from year-to-year. Do you think it will stand the test of time? We think it will! The Design Team (St Cloud, MN) designs Contemporary style homes that will stand the test of time. There are some fantastic examples of Contemporary homes in the St Cloud, MN area. If you are considering a Contemporary style home and are wondering if its right for you and your family, give us a call 320-252-1517 and we will be happy to discuss the Contemporary style home with you!

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Building Next Spring/Summer? Plan Ahead!


Home building all starts with a plan. If you are considering building next spring or summer, start planning now! Be sure to check out some plan books at You can choose from exclusive or non-exclusive plans, individual or alternate elevations, six plan collection or purchase by volume to receive discounts.

If you’d rather check out plan books in person, stop by our office to view or purchase them to take home. You’ll be sure to find the perfect plan to fit your variety of needs.

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Join The Design Team on One of their Upcoming Home Tours!

b2ap3_thumbnail_JPC---Heinz-Front-Elevation_Grass.jpgThe Design Team (St Cloud MN) will be embarking on a late summer/early fall series of home tours highlighting our favorite designed homes in the area. Venues, dates and times are listed below along with any other relevant information available at this time.

Upcoming Home Tours:

Vikingland Builders Association
August 23rd from 10am to 6pm & August 24th from 11am to 5pm
Tickets are $3 for ages 2 and up. Tickets will be available for purchase at all the homes the day of and ahead of time at all the local lumber yards (and possibly more locations)
Questions? Call 320-763-3301
See our design at RL Heinz Construction & Concrete

Mid- Minnesota Home Tour Lakes Area Home Tour
Sept. 5-7, 2014

Central Minnesota Builders Association Tour of Homes
Sept. 12-14 & 19-21
Hours: Friday 4:30-7:00pm, Sat. & Sun. 12-5pm

Builder Association of the Twin Cities - Parade of Homes

Sept. 6th -28th, 2014

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House Style of the Month: Cape Cod Colonial


August's house style of the month is the Cape Cod Colonial Style.

Early Cape Cod Colonial style homes were crude in design, one room on the first floor and a sleeping loft in the area above. This design experienced a surge in popularity from 1920-1950 due to the presence of a kitchen, multiple bedrooms, and a spacious, yet compact dining room. The Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) can outline a 1/2 Cape Cod, 3/4 Cape Cod, or full Cape Cod style home depending on your preferences.

Cape Cod homes are usually 1 1/2 stories with 6" white or gray lap siding and 10:12 to 12:12 roof slope. Some defining features of these homes include double hung windows, a gable roof, dormers, small overhang, 6 panel door, center chimney, and wood shingles on the roof.

If you're interested in a Cape Cod style home, contact The Design Team (St. Cloud MN) for more information on how you can make your next home Cape Cod style while also retaining a family friendly environment. Call (320) 252-1517 for further details regarding St. Cloud custom home designs.

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Why is it Important to Have a Good Blueprint?


Good design doesn’t cost... it pays! A good plan is the tool that you use to communicate your ideas to your contractor, interior designer and your product selections specialists. It pays for you to share your ideas with your contractor so they can get the best deals while bidding and working with their material suppliers and sub-contractors. It pays to have it prepared because it is required to obtain a building permit, and it pays when it could identify potential problems before construction that may not have been noticed before building.

All successful projects start with good plans. If you’re thinking of building or remodeling then The Design Team (St Cloud MN) can help! Give us a call (320) 252-1517 for more information or to get your questions answered. 

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Contractor For Hire vs. DIY


Regardless of the scope of their project, many people are intrigued by the possibility of acting as their own contractor. This allows them to negotiate firsthand with subcontractors and keep a closer eye on how their project is progressing. However, by going with the licensed professionals you can expect knowledgable, experienced contractors. Contractors frequently anticipate potential problems - because of their experience and have the ability to solve problems along the way. Contractors schedule the right subs in the right order - knowing and understanding the process inside and out. Leaving you stress free during this exciting time in your life.

Looking for the best pricing when building your dream home? Understandable! By working with the general contractor and the subs they propose/utilize is where you will get the best pricing. They have worked with specific professionals in the area and know who does the best work and is reliable, affordable, and dependable.

Trust the general contractor you hire and the subs they utilize - you'll be glad you did.
Call the experts at The Design Team to get your project off the ground without delay! (320) 252-1517

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The Design Team Values Your Input


The Design Team (St Cloud MN) recognizes that the process of reshaping a client's home is an immensely personal series of decisions. Our Design Team, in St. Cloud, MN, is committed to working with contractors, lumberyards, and realtors (of their choosing). This gives you, the client, the best talent and resources to fulfill your vision.

While our designers will meet with you personally to get a thorough understanding of your expectations, we recommend you do some research online while comparing and contrasting different styles before meeting with us for the sake of efficiency. Additionally, measure existing rooms you have so that you have a sense of space, as well as measure any furniture you are interested in moving from the home. Mention if a builder has been contacted, and any other relevant information you believe to be important during the initial stages of design.

The Design Team is eager to hear about what you have planned for your home! Your dream home is only a phone call away. (320) 252-1517.

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Building a Custom Home in Central Minnesota


Building a custom home is a very exciting time in your life - congratulations! When considering the home of your dreams - size, complexity, and general scope of the project determine the initial estimated price to complete the design work and construction documents. If you are not sure you need construction documents, be sure to re-read a past post here.

The Design Team (St Cloud MN) designs homes to fit your lifestyle. If your current living arrangements no longer meet your needs, consider building this summer/fall. Contact The Design Team to find out what’s involved in building a custom designed home (320) 252-1517.

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Designing a Home to Fit Your Lifestyle


Designing a home to fit your lifestyle has never been easier. The Design Team creates custom home designs that you’ll love!  You’ll meet with The Design Team to discuss your ideas, lifestyle, home size, room to room relationships, lot conditions, and more! Excited? We are too!

Give us a call to find out how you can take your ideas and turn them into a reality. (320) 252-1517.

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Home Building

b2ap3_thumbnail_100_2010small.jpgThis source provides a general step-by-step guide to the home building process. Of course every home building is different, if you are new to the building process this site will give you a foundation of ideas/steps to keep in mind when considering building in the near future. 

The Design Team takes extra time and energy to inform you on the building process - to avoid surprises and delays. Understanding the process and necessary involved parties will really leave the stress out of the building process and leave you prepared. Contact The Design Team (St Cloud MN) (320) 252-1517 for St Cloud home designs, home planning, home remodel, cabin plan design and more. We here at The Design Team look forward to hearing from you!

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Home Plan Details You’ll Want to Know Before Spring


Planning to build this spring? Getting excited because the temperatures have peeked above the negatives? So are we! The questions regarding when do you reach out to us if you plan to build this spring are buzzing throughout Home Shows, Tour of Homes, and Conventions. 

When do you contact The Design Team in the construction process?

As soon as you have your land secured and know where you are building. The Design Team offers an initial consultation for new construction at no charge. Make your appointment to discuss your ideas, lifestyle, room to room relationships, existing conditions and more. This can give you a beginning point of reference in regards to timelines, to-do's, and more.

How long does the planning stages take with The Design Team?

The Design Team has a simple 5 step process - leaving you with custom designed home plans. Want to know more? Give The Design Team a call (320) 252-1517 today. We are excited for your future new home and look forward to hearing from you!

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Like The Design Team on Facebook!

Like The Design Team (St Cloud MN) on Facebook and receive information regarding home design, home construction, and more! Like and Share The Design Team's Facebook page with your friends and family who love home design and planning. You'll find out which Home Shows and conventions we'll be a part of - so we can connect in person!

Whether you are just starting out, moving up, downsizing or remodeling, The Design Team can help create a plan that’s right for you. Call (320) 252-1517 for more information. We look forward to hearing about your custom home building needs!

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